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A Big Step towards Zero-Waste, a Giant Leap for Nature

Updated: Dec 26, 2022

The head of the Philippine Alliance for Recycling and Materials Sustainability (#PARMS), Mr. Crispian Lau, recently announced that some of the country's largest multinational corporations have committed to financing the recovery and diversion of plastic waste packaging through PARMS.

PARMS has emerged as a leading voice in the waste management field that brings together the private sector, non-profits, academic institutions, and the public sector in finding systemic solutions in waste management. 

This initiative, known as the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), aims to implement a comprehensive program that promotes segregation and waste capture to increase resource recovery and reduce dependence on landfills, ultimately working towards a zero-waste society.

For more information about EPR, please view the images below.

This program is expected to have significant environmental and economic benefits, including an estimated PHP 15 billion investment in recycling and waste diversion facilities, the creation of 4,000 new "green jobs," and an annual income of PHP 5.2 billion for the informal waste sector, and barangay material recovery facilities.

This program is expected to benefit not just the environment but our economy as well. There is an estimated PHP 15 billion infrastructure investment for new recycling and waste diversion facilities that will create 4,000 new “green jobs” and generate PHP 5.2 billion annual income for the informal waste sector and barangay material recovery facilities.

The EPR will also support the efforts of organizations like Pure Oceans and TrashCashPH, which were recently awarded a grant by the United Nations Development Program for their work in diverting marine litter and helping small islands in the Philippines.

Keep an eye out for more updates on zero-waste initiatives in the Philippines.

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[video caption:] Mr. Crispian Lau, head of the Philippine Alliance for Recycling and Materials Sustainability (PARMS) shared the Roadmap for their Zero-Waste to Nature Ambisyon 2030 initiative during the webinar series entitled “Project Rebound”  hosted by the Philippine Daily Inquirer last January 26, 2022.

Some throwback photos of our Zero-Waste Journey with PARMS:

[Photo caption: Officers and members of the Philippine Alliance for Recycling and Materials Sustainability (PARMS) including Coca-Cola, Proctor & Gamble, Unilever, and Nestle signed a pledge wall to symbolize their commitment to protect and preserve our environment during the ICCPH Environmental Summit held at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center.]

[Photo caption: “Reimagine Recycling: A Forum for the Future” organized by Save Philippine Seas in partnership with Coca-Cola Philippines which aims to enhance and strengthen the waste value chain in the Philippines by identifying efforts and gaps, building and nurturing networks among different sectors and identifying areas of collaboration.]

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About the Author

Zed Avecilla is the Managing Director of the Lighthouse Marina Resort Legacy Foundation, a subsidiary of the Lighthouse Marina Resort in Subic Bay Freeport, and an awardee of the ANAHAW Philippine Sustainable Tourism Certification by Zero Carbon Resorts. He is also the Program Director for Zero Waste to Nature Ambisyon 2030 of the Philippine Alliance for Recycling and Materials Sustainability (PARMS) and the Philippine Area Coordinator of the International Coastal Cleanup

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